From Jagat nice village with pleasant overnight, the morning starts downhill to long stone steps to reach the river, where our route climbs towards the terraced hillside of Saguleri. Enjoy views of Shringi Himal as the walk continues with ups and down to reach a bridge above the Buri-Gandaki River. Crossing over, where trail winds lead up to another large lovely village at Philm enriched with well-cultivated crop fields and terraces. From here past spread-out villages then climb to golden fields of wheat’s and barley to reach a rocky ridge top.
The area is covered with dense bamboo forest as a walk leads to a lonely place at Eklai Bhatti, which means a lonely Inn, at present, this small settlement has been overgrown with more shops and tea-houses. After a short rest head towards Lokpa, as route diverts to the North West where Lokpa, a small hill village located for an overnight stop in a simple lodge. From here onward into more Buddhism strong culture.
Today’s walk takes you inner valley of Tsum, an exciting morning trek to reach our main target, as the route lead on a nice pleasant winding path within an open and exposed terrain. Within dramatic arid and dry country similar to Tibetan plateau landscapes as well with local fascinating culture of Buddhism religion. Where walk takes you past a few prayer monuments, as tree lines give away for smaller juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes known as Azaleas a flowering shrubs. The journey continues with closer views of Shringi and Ganesh Himal heading into a wide-open dry country to reach at nice village of Nile, pronounced as Neele also.
Before the Nile one can take a side hike to Saint Millerepa meditation cave a great Guru of the 11th century, known as a poet, singer as well tantric guru. His folk stories, good words of wisdom, and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and the mountain villagers of Tsum and Manaslu areas to this day. On reaching the Nile check into a nice simple lodge with the warm hospitality of the native, with time to immerse with glorious views of snow peaks and surrounding beautiful scenery.
At the Nile, with one more overnight stop as Mu Gomba, do not have good accommodation facilities and nice foods to serve. Most travelers stay at the Nile like we do because of a good lodge to stay with a variation of the food menu. After breakfast as well as carrying simple pack lunch, start the day hike to our main highlight destination at Mu Gomba, an old interesting monastery of the region. The walk starts with a steep climb towards high and dry country facing views of surrounding high peaks, and then slowly walk reach you at Mu Gomba.
Enjoy a tour of the old and interesting monastery of Mu Gomba, which treasures antique important idols, statues, and relics. Mu Gomba is the highest spot on this trek around Tsum Valley. Taking a rest with an impressive tour of the monastery along with spectacular views of the high snow mountains of Ganesh HimalWalk back on the same scenic trail to Nile village on completing our sojourn at Mu Gomba the final destination of the adventure.
For many years it remained a forbidden and hidden country since it was opened in 2008 remained a restricted region for foreign visitors. The good reasons, to control the flow of travelers to preserve and conserve its natural pristine environment. The lodges around Tsum villages with limited accommodation for large groups of trekkers, the other reason due to close border with Tibet / China further north from Mu Gomba area.
Every village based on the itinerary for overnight stops, do have electricity with hydropower, and some places with personal solar power where guest can charge their electronic gadgets like cell phone, laptop, etc…….. on paying some fees per hour for each item.
Very limited places, in Gorkha town, if the driving route passes the area, or in Dhading Besi. The best is to change your money in Kathmandu for your conveyance. As you are trekking on remote areas of Nepal Himalaya, but to change cash of foreign currencies, where very few lodges on the route may accept to exchange into local Nepalese rupees. But no chances or facilities for ATMs or other credit cards besides Kathmandu or in major towns on the both-way drive.
The chances are small and rare, as the altitude gains gradually by the time you reach the Nile or Mu Gomba, where you will be well acclimatized by then. However, some people might catch a slight headache from altitude gain, it will soon recover having rest, drinking enough water that helps to acclimatize from the symptoms of AMS or altitude sickness. Our itinerary days with overnights stop helps to support acclimatization before reaching much higher destinations. For serious conditions, the sick person needs to be brought down to lower areas like Jagat or Arughat village as well back to Kathmandu, by fastest means of transport either hiring a local jeep, the best calling for helicopter service to reach the nearest and best place with medical facilities and hospitals.
As you are trekking to the most remote part of the Himalaya, where facilities of good accommodation and food are much limited. From the village of Jagat, the lodges are very simple and basic, more of homestays like accommodation and food. For this reason, one needs to carry warm sleeping bags and some snacks, like chocolate, biscuits, cookies, or dry fruits. The rooms are neat and clean with common toilets and baths, the foods with a limited menu like a noodle, memo’s/dumpling either stuff with meat/vegetables, fried or plain boiled rice with mild vegetable curries served Dal the lentil soup of various types. Chappati (unleavened simple fresh bread), Tibetan bread, or Indian bread Puri / Paratha and Pancakes are available.
Due to the nature of rough road conditions, after leaving the main highway towards Arughat town and Soti Khola. Using comfortable coach or four-wheel drives like jeep or land rover for mountain and hilly roads.